Kaiser Permanente Faces Class-Action Suit Over Data Breach

Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente is facing a class-action suit over a September data breach that compromised the information of 49,000 patients at Anaheim (Calif.) Medical Center.

The breach was due to a missing flash drive that contained the affected patients' names, dates of birth, medical record numbers and some medical information.

The suit has been filed under California's Confidentiality of Medical Information Act, which states healthcare facilities have an obligation to keep patients' information confidential unless they are given written authorization to share or exchange it.

The suit seeks $1,000 in damages for each member of the plaintiff class.

Kaiser Permanente did not have a statement at time of publication.

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